Spring plantings are underway as residents tackle even more of their home improvement to-do lists during stay-at-home orders.

Area water officials remind DIYers that as much as 70% of water use during the summer goes to outdoor irrigation. 

You can reduce outdoor water usage by choosing native and other drought-tolerant plants for turf and landscape. 

Texas A&M University offers free landscape design options and plant choices at smartscape.com and its Water University program offers more information about best practices at wateruniversity.tamu.edu


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